Check here for some general application tips, from
legacies to the Common Application.
Successful Admissions is about More than Numbers
When I served as an admissions officer at Cornell, I was often asked how we decided between two
"identical" candidates. I always responded that no two candidates are
"identical" even if they happen to have the same test
scores, the same GPA with the same number of AP classes from the same high school, and the same extracurricular activities. In fact,
everyone is different and everyone has a different story to tell.
Taking a Gap Year
Taking a "gap year" between high school and college to travel and explore potential interests is a popular option that is gaining increased acceptance
in the US. You should not fear that a gap year will be judged harshly by the colleges and universities to which you apply, provided that you have valid goals and reasons
for doing so, and can demonstrate the value of the time you spent.
3 Surprisingly Common College Applicant Mistakes
There are many ways high school seniors
inadvertently sabotage their admission chances. Here are
three that will probably surprise you.
Athletes: Understanding the Academic Importance
While athletic ability is an important part of the college admissions process
for the high-school athlete, it will mean little without the academic strength
to back it up.
Handling the Waitlist
One of the most difficult situations you might face as a college applicant is how to handle a waitlist decision from a school you really
want to attend. Should you bombard the school with additional material, hoping that something you send will convince the school to admit you? Or should you
just sit tight, fearing that submitting additional, unsolicited material will annoy the admissions committee?
College Transfer Admissions
If you are in a position where you started at a school and now it just doesn't fit you, what do you do? You may want to consider transferring. Before you
sign up for any class, make sure it can be transferred to the four-year school of your choice. Keep a close relationship with your academic advisor and your target school to verify this.
The Low-Down on Legacy Admissions
Do you resent the idea that you have
to go through all this stress over your college
applications, while someone else can waltz into a
selective school solely on the strength of their family
connections? Well, find out what the real story is – and
University Admissions Interview
Founded it 1846 in the Western Pennsylvania town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is ranked among the top liberal arts institutions in the nation. It offers some of
the best characteristics of a traditional liberal arts college, including a range of interesting courses, personal attention from professors, and a close-knit residential community. But
Bucknell combines these characteristics with the resources and facilities of a larger university – and offers courses often not found at other liberal arts schools.
Here is a recent interview with Robert Springall, Bucknell's Dean of Admissions.
College Admissions Interview
Many college applicants aspire to a challenging liberal arts education. Founded in 1821, Amherst College in
Amherst, Massachusetts is consistently ranked amongst the top liberal arts colleges in the United States. The college boasts 203
full-time faculty for 1,697 students and an endowment per student ration of over $740,000.
Here is a recent interview with Katie Fretwell, Director of Admission at Amherst College.
RPI Shows How Acceptance Rates Can Fall – Far and Fast
Concerned about those low admit
percentages mentioned by the Ivy League schools? See
what those numbers really mean and worry no more.
University Admissions Interview
Founded in 1855, Butler University is an independent, co-ed liberal arts college located five miles from downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
Its 290 acre campus is widely cited as one of the most beautiful in the Midwest.
10 Things That a Spellchecker Won't Catch
In case you're wondering why
proofreading your application is essential, here are
some examples of mistakes that most spell checkers will
Transfer Students Don't Generally Have the Same Experiences as Native Students
If you are considering transferring to a different school, you should consider that
how much you will likely get out of the experience is partially determined by the kind of school you transferred from.
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